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Martini Henry Mark 1

#1 Post by BPSTEVE » Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:28 pm

Wife got me this for my Birthday. It came cleaned from IMA. Has pitting at and under wood line, wood is excellent as well as bore. I have never loaded for black powder cartridge before and searching for components I see it may be a little bit of challenge for me. You can see pitting around wood line in second pic. Last pic the crown above Enfield is barely visible.
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#2 Post by nrobertb » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:13 pm

Nice, it looks a lot like the one I have. Is there a name of an arsenal in that circle on the stock? Mine says Rawulpindi, which was in India, now Pakistan. There is PAK on the receiver, which is tempting to think stands for Pakistan, although that word supposedly was not coined until the 1930s.

I have a few pieces of extra brass. PM me if interested.
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#3 Post by VMASCIOP2000 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:32 pm

That looks like a keeper for sure. Way to go.
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#4 Post by ffuries » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:09 pm

Wow that is awesome looking. You must have been keeping up on the "Honey-Do List"!
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#5 Post by nrobertb » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:23 pm

Lee makes die sets and brass is available too, but both are expensive.

.468 bullets are what you need. .458 is too small and will tumble. .468 molds are available, but if you don't want to make your own, the only source I've found is an outfit called Blue Falcon, on Gunbroker. He has both paper patched and lubed bullets.

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#6 Post by vandle » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:32 pm

You have been good

Those old Martini are indeed impressive and fun to shoot.

Yours looks great, indeed a happy birthday
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#7 Post by BPSTEVE » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:10 am

Thanks for all the replies! I can't wait to get her up and running.
I am indeed lucky to have a wife that although is not into firearms per se but, enjoys seeing me happy. I have several nice rifles and pistols that I would never have got with out her encouragement and prodding.

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#8 Post by SWIHARTMARK » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:57 am

I have a MKIV, which has the old .468" bore. I bought a paper patch mold by RCBS I believe. These molds have no grease grooves. I think I got the proper paper online via Staples. It is the old air mail type stuff. You wet it down after rolling it on the bullet. Check out a YouTube video for more detail.

As for dies, I'm hoping to make a custom neck sizer and avoid full length resizing since those cases aren't cheap, or time consuming to make from 24GA brass.

I think that the look of the rifle justifies the added expense needed to shoot it. There isn't much like it anywhere.

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#9 Post by Fj3fury » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:09 pm

Britishmuzzleloaders on youtube uses cotton velum paper for his paper patch. Below is the first of three vids he does for reloading for it.
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#10 Post by nrobertb » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:03 pm

I just contacted Blue Falcon to see if he had some more lubed bullets. He said he couldn't find the mold. Oops.

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